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Nora Turato. what is dead may never die


Mudam Auditorium
Within the framework of the exhibition

Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age




10€ (entry to the exhibitions included)


Access limited to people who can provide proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery

Mudam presents a new performance by Nora Turato.

One of three new works commissioned for the exhibition, Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age, what is dead may never die is a spoken word performance developed to mark the opening of this generational survey of contemporary art.

Nora Turato’s work considers the volatility of language, translating information from advertising, mass media and her own private conversations into scripts for performances, videos, artist books and text-based murals. Described as an artist who ‘channels the textual hysteria of our smartphone era', Turato's work reflects the multifarious nature of its sources, playing with the semantic and visual qualities of language. Words and phrases reflect the ready-made vocabulary of the Internet. Political statements merge with conversations from reality TV shows, revealing subtle overlaps between social interactions, marketing strategies, consumer behaviour and introspection. Turato has said of her performance work: ‘No matter how random, many of these interests can be catalysed into something of a more political and topical meaning that can resonate with an audience not necessarily interested in these subjects, to begin with.’

Nora Turato (b. 1991 in Zagreb, Croatia) has held solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna (2021); Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (2020); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2019). Turato’s work has been exhibited recently at Witte de With, Rotterdam; MACRO, Rome; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2020); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Luma Westbau, Zurich (2019); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit (2018). Her work has been presented within significant group surveys including Belgrade Biennial (2021) and Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018). Turato lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Still from the performance “wow this huge wooden horse is great!” September 2, 2020
© Courtesy the artist & Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich. Video documentation by Alessio Costantino.